Neighbors concerned over sidewalk access: Serra Mesa neighborhood lacks curb ramps

SAN DIEGO - Residents in one San Diego community say curb cutouts are scarce in their neighborhood.

Aimee Curry lives in a quiet neighborhood in Serra Mesa. She is in a wheelchair and is often on the street because she cannot easily access the sidewalks. They were installed in the late 1950s.

"It is scary. It's terrifying," said Curry, who was talking about a car that almost hit her. "It was probably maybe three inches from hitting me."

Curry travels about one mile every morning and one mile every afternoon in her Serra Mesa neighborhood. She encounters intersections where there are no curb cutouts on any of the four corners.

Carrie Mundy grew up in the area and is now raising her family here. She lives two blocks from an elementary school and is also concerned.

"We invest all of our money in taxpayer dollars and we should at least have handicapped accessible ramps," said Mundy.

A map of the community on the hill above Qualcomm Stadium shows that there are 90 street corners. Only 12 have curb cutouts. Five people in wheelchairs live in the community.

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, state and local governments are required to make pedestrian crossings accessible to people with disabilities by providing curb ramps.

San Diego City Councilman Scott Sherman, who represents the area, issued the following statement to 10News:

"Keeping up with ADA compliance must be a priority for the city. Failure to do so is a disservice to disabled San Diegans and puts us at risk for lawsuits. Serra Mesa has a critical need for ADA compliant infrastructure as there are several intersections where curb ramps have not yet been installed."

Complaints can be filed on the city website and that is exactly what Aimee plans to do. She hopes the city will make some changes soon.

"It would be an ease off my mind, and my dad's mind and my mom's mind," she said.

Each ramp will cost between $3,000 and $5,000 to install. The city's general fund usually covers the cost.

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